Law firm adds new principal attorney

Ricardo Aranda

The Stockton law firm of Neumiller & Beardslee is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2019, Ricardo Z. Aranda will become a principal of the firm. Aranda’s practice areas include employment law and litigation. Aranda joined the firm in 2014 and has been practicing law in the Central Valley since being admitted to practice in 2008. He has been practicing a variety of litigation and employment matters for private individuals, businesses, bankruptcy trustees, and public agencies.

Aranda earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Stanford University. He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 2008. While at Hastings, he received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award and the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Administrative Law.

Aranda is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. He is a member of the San Joaquin County Bar Association and is a frequent contributor to its official publication, Across the Bar. Mr. Aranda is a graduate of the 2014-2015 class of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Stockton program. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Judge Consuelo M. Callahan American Inn of Court and on the Executive Board of the Abandoned Cat Team/ACT Spay-Neuter Clinic in Stockton.

Two CVMG Physicians Earn Top Honors

Dr. Silvia Diego

Dr. James Shiovitz


Central Valley Medical Group is thrilled to announce Silvia Diego, M.D. has been honored by the California Medical Association for the prestigious Frederick K. M. Plessner Memorial Award. This award honors the California physician who best exemplifies the ethics and practice of a rural country practitioner. This award is known informally as the “Country Doctor Award,” and is a coveted statewide honor. Dr. Diego is a primary care physician with Family First Medical Care. She has been with CVMG since 2015.

CVMG is also pleased to announce James Shiovitz, M.D. was recently named the 2018 Sutter Medical Network Patients’ Choice Award for Family Practice. Dr. Shiovitz has been a CVMG Family Medicine physician since its founding in 1993. The SMN Patients’ Choice Award recognizes the top primary care physicians in the Central Valley in Family Practice, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Continuing in this great tradition, CVMG has won the Patients’ Choice Award for Family Practice the previous three years: Scott Goodreau, M.D. 2017; Todd Terzo, M.D. 2016; and, Bradley Blankenship, M.D. 2015.

“These honors exemplify the caliber of outstanding doctors within CVMG network of primary care physicians and specialists. These awards show the tremendous care our physicians provide for their patients,” said Bradley Blankenship, CVMG board president and former recipient of the Sutter Medical Network Patients’ Choice Award for Family Practice.

Added Sandra James, CVMG CEO, “These coveted awards really tell the story of patient-centered care within our service area of Stanislaus County. We are thrilled to have such incredible doctors as part of our care teams.”

Local automotive technician receives national award
Scott Spanbauer, an ASE Certified automotive technician from Modesto, was recently honored with a national achievement award as the SpeeDee Oil Change and Auto Service/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year.

Fifty-two automotive professionals were recognized on Nov. 14 at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence held at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel and Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The ASE annual awards spotlight top scorers on the ASE Certification tests from among the ranks of the approximately quarter million ASE certified professionals nationwide. Jonathan Brown, Franchise Support Director for SpeeDee; Ted Hayes, Chair of the ASE Board of Directors; and Timothy Zilke, ASE President & CEO, presented the award to Spanbauer.

“Scott, who is an auto technician at SpeeDee Oil Change and Auto Service in Turlock, is one of the outstanding ASE certified professionals recognized annually by different segments of the automotive service and repair industry. Each of these elite technicians is presented with an industry-specific award recognizing their achievement,” said Zilke.

“ASE has honored extraordinary industry professionals from across the nation for more than 40 years,” Zilke continued. “This is made possible by the support of our many award sponsors, whose ranks include some of the best-known names in the industry. We are proud to partner with SpeeDee to recognize Scott’s commitment to excellence in providing the very best in vehicle repair service to his extended community. This dedication is reflected in the talented professionals we recognize each year and Scott represents the best of the best.”

Forty-one companies from both OEM and Aftermarket segments sponsored the individual technician recognition awards in the Auto, Truck, Collision and Parts categories, along with awards for instructors. In addition to looking for top scores on ASE tests, award sponsors examine on-the-job excellence, community service and other factors when selecting honorees.

Turlock cheesemakers honored at industry contest
Dairy Farmers of America’s Turlock manufacturing plant was recently awarded a second-place award for its Whole Milk Mozzarella cheese at the 2018 National Milk Producers Federation Championship Cheese Contest held in Phoenix, Ariz.

“It means a lot to be recognized by our peers for delivering great-tasting products,” says Doug Glade, executive vice president of commercial operations, DFA. “As a cooperative, we’re committed to providing the highest quality that our customers and consumers demand and deserve.”

Cooperatives from across the country take part in the annual contest to showcase their top products and the people who make them. This year, 230 entries were received from 15-member cooperatives.

DFA received the following awards for its cheese:
• 2018 Class Champion (Italian) and First Place —Part Skim Mozzarella, New Wilmington, Pa.
• First place—Provolone, New Wilmington, Pa.
• First place—Parmesan, Pollock, S.D.
• Second place—Whole Milk Mozzarella, Turlock, Calif.
• Third place—Provolone, New Wilmington, Pa.
• Fourth place – Sharp Cheddar, Pavilion, N.Y.

In-Shape health clubs raises over $150,000 for cancer research
In-Shape Health Clubs raised $153,500 for cancer research during its annual Fight Cancer campaign – a 15 percent increase on last year’s record-breaking campaign. Funds will go to the American Cancer Society and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“The Fight Cancer campaign is a way for us to say Thank You to our community by raising money for cancer research – a disease that impacts everyone – on an annual basis,” said Kris Mulkey, VP of Marketing at In-Shape.

“This year we held special group fitness events featuring Master trainers from Les Mills and Keiser. In addition, we held special bootcamps, dance and cycle classes, tennis, racquetball, handball and pickleball tournaments to engage our community and raise additional donations,” she continued.

In-Shape donated $1 for every new member who joined in October and every photo shared on social media with #InShapeFightsCancer for a total of $3,589. It also sold $45,973 worth of paper kettlebells (in $2, $5, and $10 increments) and hosted 2,756 members and guests for special Fight Cancer donation-based fitness events.

In-Shape created Fight Cancer retail, like t-shirts, tank tops, coffee mugs, and hats, selling a total of 4,468 items with 20% of the proceeds benefitting the campaign. In-Shape encouraged its littlest members to get involved by purchasing and then coloring a special card in the Kid Zone that was sent to the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Over 3,500 cards were purchased.

As part of the campaign, In-Shape was the flagship sponsor of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events in Modesto and Bakersfield. Over 200 In-Shape team members participated in the walks.

This year many of the In-Shape business partners generously donated to the campaign and participated alongside In-Shape team members in events. Participating partners included Les Mills, Matrix, Precor, Motionsoft, Petra-1, Hillyard, Keiser and Impendi Analytics.
“We’re incredibly grateful to the support our members, our communities, and our business partners showed the campaign. We are so grateful and inspired not only by their donations, but by their active participation in our fundraising events. It shows just how far the In-Shape community extends – beyond the four walls of our clubs to include business partners, extended family and friends, and co-workers. We couldn’t have done this without them,” said Francesca Schuler, CEO of In-Shape Health Clubs.